A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”
― Carl Sagan
I loved Carl Sagan, I love this quote, and I love books. I have been a bookworm my whole life.
I was a shy, quiet child, but books were my best friends. They allowed me to travel the world, and to imagine that I could be and do anything, after all if someone wrote about it.....the possibility was there.
We have bought our nieces and nephews books through the years, I hope that in some way we helped to instill a love of reading in them. For many of them, we gave them subscriptions for Highlights, the magazine for kids. I think reading is a gateway for kids, to learn about the world, to open their minds, to help them to ask questions, to seek truth and knowledge.
Our walls are full of books, many are old friends that I revisit often. The electronic world is nice and convenient, but a book in hand is worth way more and is way better to me. I hope this Christmas season, you have the opportunity to read and maybe even give a book as a gift.......spread a little magic.